During the second intermission on Saturday, the panel discussed three great games, including updates on Elliot’s watch. The big news of the day was Nikita Zadorov’s agent, Dan Milstein, expressing the need for his client to change teams, causing a stir on the internet.
The Calgary Flames remained silent on the matter today, which was to be expected. When situations like this arise, teams often feel that they lose their bargaining power to negotiate the best deal. It seems that the Flames want to calm the situation and reset the market before proceeding. Vancouver, Toronto, and Arizona have shown interest in Tanv and Zadorov, and Noah Hanifin caught the attention of the Arizona Coyotes this week. However, at this moment, no deal seems imminent, and the Flames have made it clear to Zadorov that they will make a move on their own timeline. Moving on to another topic, Ottawa is trying to stabilize their team, as you have previously mentioned, but they currently have four left-handed defensemen, including Shabbat, Sanderson, Chan, and Brannstrom.
It remains to be seen if they are looking to acquire a defenseman from Calgary, but their salary cap situation could pose a challenge. Shifting to Edmonton, the team is in shock over their poor performance in all aspects of the game, not just goaltending. They have been calling around the league this week, exploring potential trades. However, they are determined not to make any desperate or ill-advised deals. Other teams are content to wait things out, as it is still early in the season.
If things continue to deteriorate, changes will have to be made in Edmonton, although they remain optimistic about the season. Stuart Skinner will be starting in goal tonight for the team. Lastly, there is speculation that Montreal is actively trying to sign Samuel Monmo, an unrestricted free agent who has performed exceptionally well in goal this year.
Negotiations are ongoing, but it is unclear if a deal is close to being finalized..